Based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, Wonder centers on a young boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) whose facial differences has kept him away from school for most of his life. Spending a considerable time in hospitals as well as being home schooled (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents), Auggie gives school a shot as a fifth grader.
“I just thought it had an incredible scope of characters and their points of view and their compassion,” said Roberts. “I loved it. I read it with my kids – they all loved it. It was at that point where I thought ‘let me just find out who – this (must) be being made into a movie I was not the first to the party of loving this book.”
Click on the media bar to hear Roberts explain how the book was a “gentle reminder” to, when conversing with people to always go for the “nicer approach.”
Wonder opens nationwide November 17.